Summer Deck Inspection
seems to be slipping away quickly. And, while you’ve hosted many barbecues on
your back deck, you might not of had time to properly take care of it. August
is the perfect month to conduct a deck inspection and make any repairs before
it comes time to prepare it for winter. Below are tips on what issues to keep
an eye out for and how to fix them.
Inspect The Deck
important to do a thorough inspection of your deck every summer. You don’t want
to step through a rotted board or have a railing break away from under you. Be
sure to pay extra attention to places close to the ground or near water
sources, such as under planters and next to the water spigot.
Check For RotTake
a screwdriver and poke areas of the deck that look like they could be rotting. If you can
push the screwdriver in a quarter inch or more, then you’ll need to consider
replacing the board. However if the whole is smaller than the size of a tennis
ball, you can fill it with wood preservative and save
some money. Get Low
under the deck if possible. You’ll need to check the supporting beams for any
serious problems. Dangerous scenarios occur when the structure of the deck is
compromised. If you find an issue with a beam that cannot be removed because
it’s holding up the deck, then reinforce it on both sides with pressure-treated
lumber. Then scrape away the decomposing area.
Shake It Up
the railings a good shake to make sure their structurally sound. Check for
cracking around screw and nail holes. If you find one, then remove the screw or
nail, seal with exterior adhesive and drill a new hole to secure again.
Look For Cupping
occurs when wood absorbs and releases moisture, which causes the floor planks
to bow and warp. You want to make sure that guests and your family don’t trip
over unruly slats, so rent a professional sander and even out the
a deck inspection to make sure your outdoor area is in suitable condition.
Serious injuries can occur when homeowners don’t take the time to properly
inspect and maintain their outdoor living spaces.
Not to mention, it saves money to catch issues early and not have to replace
the entire structure.
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